Coronavirus – Dezeen’s inaugural Virtual Design Festival hosts a rolling programme of online talks, lectures, movies, product launches and more. It will complement and support fairs and festivals around the world such as Milan Design Week that have had to be postponed or cancelled and it will provide a platform for design businesses, so they can, in turn, support their supply chains.
“We hope Virtual Design Festival will help bring everyone together during these difficult days,” said Dezeen’s founder and editor in chief Marcus Fairs, speaking in the temporary VDF broadcast studio that has been set up in a bedroom. The studio will be used to conduct regular live and pre-recorded interviews as part of VDF.
As with all Dezeen content, everything will be free for all readers around the world, with no need to register or sign up. The festival also offers opportunities to brands, designers and students, to promote their products and share their stories.
In the launch video, 35 international designers including Yves Behar, Es Devlin, David Rockwell and Hella Jongerius have sent us self-filmed clips. Several leading Milanese designers such as Stefano Giovannoni. Fabio novembre and Lorenza Bozzoli recorded a video featured in the footage.
The movie begins with a message from Maurizio Stochetto, owner of Milan’s legendary Bar Basso, where designers congregate in their thousands each evening during Milan Design Week. Stochetto unlocks his bar and walks through an empty interior that is familiar to architects and designers around the world. “With Dezeen’s Virtual Design Festival, we still have a chance to be together,” he says.
- On April 17, Vienna’s FORWARD FESTIVAL showcase five of its most-popular lectures, featuring creatives including German typographer Erik Spiekermann, Stockholm studio Snask and MoMA curator Paola Antonelli.
- Wednesday 22 is EARTH DAY, the global even raising awareness on Climate Change. Beatrice Galilee, founder of the World Around, hosts a series of interviews with architects and visionaries working on environmental issues around the world.
- On April 20, Lisbon’s Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology takes over VDF for the day. MAAT, together with Artworks, launchES a short documentary commissioned for the on-hold exhibition Currents – Temporary Architectures by SO-IL plus an interview with the architecture studio founders Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu, and a preview of their exhibition.
- On April 23, RON ARAD presents a digital version of an exhibition called DFWTM that was due to be held at OTI gallery in Los Angeles, but which has been cancelled due to coronavirus.
- On Monday, May 11, ARCHIGRAM – Dezeen launches an exclusive series of video interviews with architects Peter Cook and Dennis Crompton, former members of the influential architecture collective.